Clothing and lifestyle store Lorna Ruby in Exeter does Christmas the way I like it; minimal, a bit scandi and there isn't an inch of tinsel in sight. My tree at home literally has lights on it and that’s it (granted there are lots of them!).
Olivia Bossert and I spent this Wednesday with the lovely team there doing some last minute Christmas shopping and styling some of my favourite items from the store. They stock many of my favourite brands (Selected Femme, Honest Skincare and Leon and Harper) so it was the perfect place to tick off my Christmas list.
It’s super cosy inside, the mix of homeware and gorgeous accessories, like cosy cashmere scarves, give it a warm and inviting feel. We were like kids in a sweet shop; their lifestyle selection is spot on and make perfect gifts. Think scandi ceramics, jugs, skincare and minimal jewellery that will be perfect for styling up Christmas outfits but can also be worn into next year. During our time there the team helped us with everything we needed whilst we spent time upstairs trying things on in their large changing rooms and relaxing on the comfy sofas in the chill out area.
Obviously, I also spent a little bit of time thinking about what I want for Christmas (!) and pulled together a lovely selection of versatile styles that won't feel out of place come January the 1st and could last through to next summer. I've been guilty of buying items that I only wear once at this time of year (usually sequin tops and Christmas jumpers!) so shopping like this feels less wasteful.
My absolute stand out piece from the store has to the be the soft pink coat from Selected Femme that's so pale it’s almost like a neutral/grey colour. This is an investment that will go with everything I own and is perfect for both winter and worn with lighter weights as it starts to get warmer in spring.
I also like the versatility of the crop wide leg jeans that I styled with this coat. I put them with quite a few outfits, including a super soft stripe cashmere jumper which I didn't want to take off. The trousers will be great for Christmas day and I might dress them up with the silver boots for new years eve.
Talking of new years eve, it's hard to find something to wear when you're not usually into sparkle and glitz. The navy, wrap midi dress I found here is probably the most useful piece a minimal girl could own. I styled it with a black polo neck to wear now but it can be dressed up for NYE and would even work well for weddings next summer.
If you’re looking for last minute gifts for those in your life that love the minimal/scandi look as much as I do (or if you deserve a treat for yourself!) then I recommend popping in to see the lovely team at Lorna Ruby or by visiting their online store.
The last pre-Christmas orders from Lorna Ruby online are 21st of December.
Online: Lorna Ruby
This post is part of a collaboration with Lorna Ruby. All words and styling are my own.